The Ottawa Senators have re-signed forward Daniel Alfredsson to a four-year, $21.6 million contract extension. Brochu's take: A definite home town discount, considering Alfie's numbers. Will this set the bar for future contracts? I don't think so.
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Tim Ramholt to the Nashville Predators for forward Josh Gratton. Brochu's take: Could this open up a roster spot for a new defenseman? Seems strange that the Flyers are trading a defensman when they need all they can get.
The Predators also acquired forward Hugh Jessiman from the New York Rangers for future considerations.
The St. Louis Blues have signed goaltender Chris Holt to a contract.
Marty York of Metro News believes that Mats Sundin will sign a "megabucks" deal with the Ottawa Senators and Brendan Shanahan will sign with the New Jersey Devils within the week. Brochu's take: The Senators have cap issues still, so that's not going to happen. Rumors of Shanny heading back to his old team(s) have been heating up. Source
Mats Sundin was spotted watching the Vancouver Canucks - Los Angeles Kings game on Thursday night. Sundin has been in LA for the past week getting back in shape.
Brochu's European rumour roundup:
The Moscow Dynamo website reports that Montreal Canadiens defenseman Pavel Valentenko has signed a three-year deal with the KHL club. The Habs had allowed Valentenko to fly to Russia for family reasons, but was completely unaware of the signing. Brochu's take: So much for the ceasefire between the NHL and KHL. Source